More than 200 organisations have written to Energy Minister Claire Perry urging the UK Government to continue paying the export tariff for small solar generators.

The Solar Trade Association (STA) said the export tariff was not a subsidy, but a mechanism that works alongside the FiT scheme to ensure small renewable generators are paid a fair market rate for the electricity fed into the grid.

As well as solar and battery storage companies, the letter has been signed by a diverse mix of organisations, including faith groups, farmers and youth groups.

‘Shockwaves’ beyond the industry

Chris Hewett, Chief Executive at the STA, said: “The latest UK Government proposals for solar power are creating shockwaves well beyond the solar industry.

“Nobody can fathom how Government can contemplate leaving households and small organisations as the only generators left unpaid for the valuable power they put into the electricity network.

“We are asking the Energy Minister to act quickly and promise to maintain the export tariff and to uphold the basic rights of a market.”

> See the STA's statement